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Cherokee County fugitives are captured in Oklahoma

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – Authorities capture two men who escaped from the Cherokee County Jail Monday night.

(Related: Weir woman arrested for helping Cherokee County inmates escape)

After a massive manhunt, police have arrested Mark Hopkins and Michael Martsolf. Authorities took both into custody in Ottawa County, Oklahoma.

Hopkins was in jail for Capital Murder charges stemming from a June 2019 double homicide near Scammon and Martsolf was being held on felony narcotics charges.

The suspects, who were armed at the time of arrest, now face additional charges of Aggravated Escape from Custody.

“I can’t commend enough, the incredible work by local law enforcement agencies, the Tri-State Major Case Squad, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Highway Patrol, Oklahoma and Missouri Highway Patrols, the United States Marshal’s Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the non-stop effort to capture these two fugitives this week,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

Tasha Young, 26, of Weir, was also arrested following a Thursday morning search warrant, for her alleged role in the escape.  She is being held without bond on allegations of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Escape, Aiding and Abetting and Obstructing Justice.

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